The Daily T LOunge for June 29, 2020

Posted on June 29, 2020

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Darlings, let’s drown ourselves in elegance this morning. Let’s make sure we drink our hard liquor with our pinkies raised in a genteel, ladylike manner. For the first few minutes of the day, anyway. After that, feel free to take off your bra, kick off your shoes and unbutton your pants. No one should feel like they have to stand on ceremony – or even sit appropriately – in any T LOunge. We love ourselves some high fashion and poised comportment, but only in our celebrities and certain members of royalty. You guys will always be free of our bitchy judgment.

It is MONDAY. Yes. We know. Let it out, dear.

Before we go any further, a big shoutout to PATRICK S., who dropped us a line about coming to your book club. We keep trying to respond but our emails keep getting bounced or go unanswered, which makes us think you entered your email wrong on our contact form. PLEASE GET BACK IN TOUCH, PATRICK S.!

Okay, with that out of the way…

It’s impossible to quantify these things and as we all know, this is a year in which things radically change from one week to the next, but with our fingers held up to the pop culture winds, it feels like there are little signs here and there that feel almost … normal. Almost. Celebrities are starting to chafe under the lack of attention in a lockdown and we seem to be seeing more and more of them putting something on and stepping in front of some camera somewhere. It’s high summer and everyone’s tired of being in their hideyholes, as we’ve seen play out across the land. Why should the celebs be any different? At least none of them are having meltdowns in grocery stores about having to wear mask. Again, though: that could change at any moment and for all we know, Lea Michele is somewhere asking to speak to the manager even as we type these words. Watch this space for further developments!

Okay, we’re rambling. Please allow one of our stunningly desirable waitpersons to tell you all about the daily specials today.


To Cancel or Not? Contemplating the Meaning of a Wedding in the Middle of a Pandemic
The loss of a wedding is a small loss to bear when the world has been turned on its head. A wedding is not a life. It’s a celebration of life, and those will have to wait. Still, missed joy is something to mourn. Everybody in the wedding business seemed to be in a state of suspended disbelief. I exchanged friendly emails with the makeup artist I had contacted the week before New York shut down, putting our trial session off for a month, and then another. I contacted our venue, which encouraged us to pencil in a backup date for the following year while we all watched and waited. “Let’s hold off till June,” J and I said, but by mid-May, enough was enough. The carpet had to be rolled up, the plug pulled.


Beyoncé Encouraged Fans to “Dismantle the Racist and Unequal System” In a Moving Acceptance Speech
Michelle Obama presented her with the Humanitarian Award at the BET Awards.
In a pre-recorded video acceptance speech, Beyoncé looked stunning wearing a black strapless top and a diamond choker. She used the moment to call attention to the Black Lives Matter movement and the importance of voting. “Your voices are being heard and you’re proving to our ancestors that their struggles were not in vain,” Beyoncé said. “Now we have one more thing we need to do to walk in our true power and that is to vote. I’m encouraging you to continue to take action. Continue to change and dismantle the racist and unequal system.”
She added: “We have to vote like our life depends on it because it does.”


Pride Is Protest. This Year, Make Your Celebration About Black Lives Matter.
As we honor the legacy of a movement launched 51 years ago with the Stonewall Riots, we can’t lose sight of its defiant origins. Pride is more than a parade.
I’ve always felt weird about “Pride.” Not because the first celebration I ever went to was in San Francisco and it doubled as my first date with a guy with whom I was madly in love at 18. And not because it was the first time I’d seen naked people walking down the street, unapologetically relishing their bodies. It’s because I’ve always thought it was strange to be proud of something I didn’t have anything to do with creating or choosing.


HBO Max’s New Releases Coming in July 2020
Among the slate of movies and TV shows arriving on HBO Max in July, there are titles in every genre. From blockbusters to subtle indie flicks, the content is set to freshen up the platform next month.
For a dose of nostalgia and family fare, the Free Willy franchise is making its entrance along with 2007’s Nancy Drew starring Emma Roberts as the teen detective. Roberto Benigni’s Oscar winning Life is Beautiful will drop on the platform, as will The Talented Mr. Ripley.


How Kate Middleton Is Redefining Her Royal Role
When the palace fought back against a story that painted Kate in a negative light, it was yet another sign that she is ready to be royal in her own way.
Earlier this month, the British magazine Tatler put a photo of Kate Middleton at the BAFTAs in February on their cover. Despite the flattering image, the story that ran alongside insulted Prince William’s speech at the same event and went on to claim that Kate is furious over her royal workload. The story prompted a threat of legal action from Kensington Palace and over some of its assertions about how Kate is adapting to life after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stepped back from their royal roles.


Nearly Three Years After “Unite the Right,” a Conversation With Nikuyah Walker, Mayor of Charlottesville
When Nikuyah Walker was elected mayor of Charlottesville in 2017, the normally staid southern city, which is home to the University of Virginia, was still reeling. That August, a widely publicized “Unite the Right” rally had crowded the school’s campus, attended by some 600 torch-wielding white nationalists protesting the removal of a Confederate statue. After a tense and ultimately bloody stand-off with counter-protestors, several people were seriously injured and one 32-year-old woman, Heather Heyer, was killed.

For Walker, a Black woman born and raised in the area, the summer’s events were deeply troubling , if not actually surprising: Charlottesville, she says, has a fundamental perception problem, beginning with the myth that it’s a prosperous university town “built by one of our founding fathers and that everything is glorious.” She was acutely aware that for many locals, it’s a very different place. Reckoning with that reality was the cornerstone of her campaign, the slogan of which was “Unmasking the Illusion.”


James Baldwin: How to Cool It
Read the landmark 1968 Q&A on race in America.
In Esquire’s July 1968 issue, published just after the death of Martin Luther King, Jr., the magazine talked to James Baldwin about the state of race relations in the country. We’ve republished the interview in full—and his words are incredibly relevant today.
“I’ve read a great deal about the good white people of this country. But it’s the good white people of this country who forced the black people into the streets.”



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